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Health authorities in Selangor have advised the public to avoid visiting Klang’s Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah unless it is absolutely necessary, following an outbreak of Covid-19 among its staff.

The Selangor Health Department confirmed that 50 of the hospital’s staff had tested positive for the virus and are being treated at the Sungai Buloh hospital.

State health director Dr Shaari Ngadiman attributed the cases to a spike in patients seeking treatment for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection, adding that this had increased the probability of more Covid-19 cases being detected.

Klang is labelled as a “red zone” and has been placed under conditional movement control order since Oct 9 following a spike in number of cases.

However, Shaari said that investigations by the hospital and the Selangor Health Department have not been able to pinpoint how the cases were spread among the staff.

He said swab tests were done on all the contacts as well as patients, whom he said have been placed under home surveillance order.

“Treatment management on patients at the hospital is ongoing and the situation is under control,” he said.

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